The Village of Gays Mills lies in a valley among the steeply
chiseled bluffs of the Ocooch Mountains located in the heart of the region known as the Driftless Area of Southwest Wisconsin.
The area’s unique topography is the result of escaping the land-flattening
glaciers of the last ice age some 10,000 years ago, thereby earning the
“Driftless” designation. Gays Mills also sits along the banks of the Kickapoo
River which winds its way through the valley and gives the land its ambiance
and appeal. The river also carried the area’s first explorers and lured the
Village Hall, Village Library, Kickapoo Culinary Center, & Event Space overlooking the wildlife filled slough, wetlands, and Kickapoo River are all part of the new Community Commerce Center, located in the Mercantile District of Gays Mills.